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Poster: SpaceBoy64 Date: Dec 1, 2004 9:03am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: making DVD from MPEG2 hi res format

I'm still not having any luck with this. Could anybody give me any suggestions?

I'm just curious as to why the Mpeg2 files aren't DVD ready like I thought they were.

I know I'm not the only one who having this problem.

Thanks,
Don

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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Dec 1, 2004 11:30am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: making DVD from MPEG2 hi res format

Try DVD-Lab. It's a Windows app.

I can directly import the MPEG-2 files into DVD-Lab and it will demux the file into a video stream and audio stream before it makes the final VOB file for the DVD.

I was never able to make a DVD with MyDVD - even with video from other sources.

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Poster: SpaceBoy64 Date: Dec 4, 2004 2:24pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: making DVD from MPEG2 hi res format

I tried using DVDlab and it seems like a nice program, but it didn't really help.

It doesn't do transcoding of video. It told me right away that the video was the wrong size. I used TMPGEnc to transcode the video and audio, but even then DVD-Lab wasn't able to burn a DVD for me. It had problems with memory. Whenever I tried to compile the DVD it said "Out of Memory", and then it wouldn't let me save the project. Also, at times it had trouble with the audio files, not recognizing them.

MyDVD told me that the bit rate was too high on my video, eventhough I used the NTSC DVD encoding template in TMPGEnc.

I'm very frustrated.

Thanks,
Don

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Poster: Skip Elsheimer Date: Dec 4, 2004 2:42pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: making DVD from MPEG2 hi res format

Which file are you trying to make a DVD of?


Skip

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Poster: SpaceBoy64 Date: Dec 4, 2004 2:46pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: making DVD from MPEG2 hi res format

Several. Movies like "How to Keep a Job" and "Perversion for Profit".

I guess the format is supposed to be SVCD, but I've noticed that some are 480 x 480, and some are 368 x 480. Most of them play squished to the right side of the screen. My DVD player doesn't recognize them.

I wanted to make them "standard DVD" so they'd play in any machine.

Thanks,
Don

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Poster: Skip Elsheimer Date: Dec 4, 2004 2:57pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: making DVD from MPEG2 hi res format

Hmmm, these were digitized before I started doing the digitizing.

I would use FlaskMPEG to transcode the 368 x 480 to 352 x 480 which is legal for DVD.

The 480 x 480 should be legal for SVCD. You probably won't be able to mix files with different resolutions.

Skip

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Poster: SpaceBoy64 Date: Dec 7, 2004 5:33pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: making DVD from MPEG2 hi res format

After days of frustrating trial and error, I was finally able to make my DVD compilation.

I used TMPGEnc 3 XPress trial version to do the transcoding. I chose to split the video and audio into elementary streams and chose MP2 format for audio because my first test with PCM resulted in a silent movie. PCM should be playable with Windows Media player, but TMPGEnc wasn't adding the right type of header.
I then started to use Sonic's MyDVD, but had many crashes, sometimes requiring me to re-install the program. I did manage to use it to create a motion menu mpeg file which I used in DVD Lab.
I had some problems with it too, but then I realized that it was because I was trying to use my external firewire hard drive, which is Mac formatted and uses the MacDrive software for PC access. Some bug was causing my whole computer to reboot whenever I tried to write large files to it. When I cleared enough space to use my main hard drive, it seemed to work okay - the second time around. DVD Lab seems to be a pretty good program with a lot of flexibility. I brought in the motion menu mpeg and quickly created highlights over the buttons and linked them with the movies. I even added a film projector sound to the menu.
I found that the movies that were 368x480 didn't look as good as the movies that had been 480x480. They had vertical artifacting from being stretched out to 720x480, but it's not too bad. The 480x480 films look just fine. They were the ones that played fine on my DVD player as they were, I guess since that size is SVCD standard.

Thanks to everyone who helped,
Don

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Poster: Skip Elsheimer Date: Dec 7, 2004 11:32pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: making DVD from MPEG2 hi res format

Whew, Don, you went through a lot, but I'm glad it worked out for you!

Skip

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Poster: Visual16 Date: Dec 8, 2004 7:54pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: making DVD from MPEG2 hi res format

I have found an amazing way to make TMPGEnc work (seriously!)a lot better by placing these special "DVDHelp.us" custom made template files in the "templates" folder and moving the regular ones away to a temp folder. It's freeware from http://www.dvdhelp.us Getting them from there is sort of a maze but the site itself is a great, free resource! Anyway, what used to be that ugly checkerboard pixelation was gone when I switched to these tiny 6kb files. There is one for each format that TMPGEnc does. Remember to place the default templates (.mcf files)in another folder before running the program. You will love the results!

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Poster: thejake420 Date: Feb 6, 2005 1:43pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: making DVD from MPEG2 hi res format

Hiya -

I'm Jake, the owner of DVDHelp.us, and creator of the DVDHelp.us TMPGEnc templates. I just happened to notice this thread while going through my site's recent logs (been getting a lot of hits from this thread... thanks!), and wanted to mention that the templates were updated a couple of times over the last year or so, so be sure to grab the latest version.

Also, since it was mentioned that the site can be a bit of a maze (it's an absolutely HUGE site...), you can access the download page for the DVDHelp.us TMPGEnc templates here:

http://www.dvdhelp.us/templates.html

Check them out, use them, pass them around to friends... It's 100% freeware. Always will be. :)

Mainly due to the fact that I run a video-related tech support site, I happen to be an expert TMPGEnc user, and I just wanted to help everybody out, since TMPGEnc can be a major pain in the butt for beginners. It is, however, worth investing the time to learn, as it is a professional quality MPEG encoder. In fact, it is routinely used by video game companies to render the video sequences in "cut-scenes" (the little movies after you beat a boss or finish a level, etc.)

Anyway, thanks for stopping by, and definitely tell your friends about DVDHelp.us. It's totally free, and it's one of the best resources ever for video-related tech support, especially MPEG format.


Jake
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Webmaster
http://www.DVDHelp.us

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Poster: SpaceBoy64 Date: Dec 1, 2004 1:40pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: making DVD from MPEG2 hi res format

Thank you,

I'm downloading it now. I'll let you know how it goes.

ffmpegX was too complicated since it consists of a lot of different unix apps that you have to download individually and they were hard to find.

Thanks again,
Don